This is my second review on Santiam Rods Alaskan Travel Series , and as a bass fisherman I had the chance to field test their awesome SFC-764 four piece rod. Since a kid I have loved to hike, or bike into remote areas and do some bass fishing, but most break-down style rods are spinning rods and just don’t work well with a bait casting reel on them.
Series: Alaskan Travel Series
Overall Length: 7’6″
Individual Lengths: 24-1/4″,24″, 24″,24″
Weight: 5.3 Ounces
Line Weight: 8-17lb.
Lure Weight: 3/8oz-1oz
MLO Rating: 5 out of 5
All Santiam Fishing Rods come in a hard plastic tube with end caps which is perfect in you plan a long distance trip on a airplane, or even want to mail your rods to your fishing destination and better yet the tube helps to protect your rod from unwanted damage while not in use. Santiam also supplies a really nice holding bag with an individual slot for each rod piece. Once all four rod pieces are in the bag you can roll it up and and rod pieces are protected and ready for travel.
The Santiam SFC-764 is a great all around bass rod at 7′-6″ and a four power rating. I found this rod to work great while using Super Spooks, or working a 1/2oz. jig. It is rated for lures between 3/8oz.-1oz., but I did use some 2oz. swimbaits and never felt the rod could not hand the heavier weight.
For those not familiar with four piece rods, there is a male end, and a female end which the male end will slide into. You want to make sure each piece is pushed into the next with a very light pushing motion, but not too much or may damage the rod piece.I found that while pushing in the pieces of the rod with a sleight turning motion while aligning the eyes worked best for me.I had former MLB pitcher Andy Ashby help me test the Santiam SFC-764 while hiking some local farm ponds and he found the Santiam four piece rod to work great helping him catch well over 30 bass along with a few monsters on jerk baits and absolutely get the job done.
Pro: Very light and compact, coming with a hard case and soft cast which makes keeping the rod from unwanted damage during transit. The rod never once felt like it was a four piece rod and all rod sections stayed perfectly aligned.
Cons: Not many I could find. You will need to add graphite lube to each section this will help to seat each rod section properly and help prevent section damage.
MLO Rating: 5 out 5